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National Gallery of Canada

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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Art museums, History museums, Museums
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Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada
Phone Number: 613-990-1985
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection...
Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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Art in the City

It was an amazing building and the Art collection was unbelievable. Would take many trips to view and appreciate the collection fully. The Actual building was sunny and beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
CChalmers37
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Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

It was an amazing building and the Art collection was unbelievable. Would take many trips to view and appreciate the collection fully. The Actual building was sunny and beautiful on a cold February day. Very enjoyable

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you are in Ottawa's beautiful capital capital of Canada, give to your sense the experience and be surprise with exhibitions as The Canadian Bienal 2014 or the Tom Thomson true colors of Canadian winter, and more. A Must to see and enjoy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Love to go to the Art Gallery. They have a really nice setting, activities for kids (crafts) often on week ends, also regularly have musicians playing on week ends or during festivals. love the architecture of the building and modern art exhibitions. The special exhibitions can be pricey. Lovely shop with nice art to buy. if you have young ones,... More 

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Prince Edward County, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We have been to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on many occasions. It is a stunningly beautiful building with an incredible collection. We recently went for the Jack Bush show. It was so well curated and displayed with many of his works including a very interesting collection of his earlier works that bear no resemblance to the works... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I believe museums are extremely social things to do. People mill around, visit, talk, discuss, that being said when I view art it is something I like to do alone. Either way as family or alone(with the wonderful head set rental to hear the history and story of the pieces and artist), seeing this kind of beauty and time and... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

NAG is a jewel as a visual arts museum of international stature. One of the greatest accessible collections of art from the Middle Ages to contemporary art providing Canadians and all visitors with a sense of identity and pride in Canada's rich visual arts heritage. The pace is slow and the environment is superb. Take the time to relish and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The National Gallery is a must see for visitors to Ottawa. The architecture is notable and the exhibits of Canadian artists are the most comprehensive that you will find. Special exhibits are worth noting, but often depend on taste.

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Regina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's true. The place is cathedral-like but full of art that would likely strike anyone's fancy. The classics all the way to the modern art section that seems to baffle everyone. It's humongous size belies the fact that it is in fact an object d'art in its own right. I never tire of the place...truly an edifice in the European... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wish they had kept the full service restaurant in the Great Hall BUT the food in the cafeteria is fresh & nicely served & displayed.Credit cards are accepted .I always enjoy taking my grandson for a wholesome snack .

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Gallery art collection is very good, but the special exhibits are usually wonderful. The gift shop is a great place to find unique Christmas presents.

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